Schools Half Marathon is part of the nationwide Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events.
This inspiring and potentially life-changing initiative encourages school pupils to get active and work towards an exciting half marathon goal, whilst being rewarded along the way for their achievements.
Schools Half Marathon works as a cumulative half marathon, so the youngsters complete the first 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term, before running the final 1.1 miles at an organised event in front of teachers, family and friends.
On race day, the children are treated to a full race experience including bibs, a marshalled 1.1-mile route, music, commentator and a finish line gantry. For many, this is their first experience of a big sporting event and the atmosphere is superb as the children are cheered over the finish line and collect their hard-earned medals.
Who can take part in Schools Half Marathon?
Schools Half Marathon is an inclusive and non-competitive challenge, enabling children of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve something as significant as a half marathon.
The idea is to encourage youngsters to develop new, healthy habits to exercise regularly, stepping away from screens and electronic gadgets and sharing the joy of their sporting achievement with friends. One of the best things is seeing the big boost of confidence that participants experience as they progress through their miles and the pride on their faces when they receive their hard-earned (and very big and shiny!) medals. This is something that can be experienced by young runners no matter how long it takes them – it is simply about getting out there and doing it. The benefits of getting outside in fresh air and taking part in regular activity are for everyone to enjoy!
What do the pupils receive?
There is motivation every step of the way as pupils, teachers and even parents join in the fun of a regular mile run. They receive:
- A dedicated achievement chart to log each mile run
- A tracker chart for each classroom to log the miles
- A glow in the dark wristband at Mile 6
- A technical t-shirt at Mile 12
- A bespoke medal at the finish line
- A carton of One Water at the finish line
How did Schools Half Marathon come about?
Schools Half Marathon began as a trial with two schools in 2017 and the first official Schools Half Marathon took place in June 2018 in Shropshire as part of Shrewsbury Half Marathon weekend. Schools Half Marathon is now a stand-alone event and part of the nationwide Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events.
Schools Half Marathon events in 2019 include Shropshire (which welcome 1,800 pupils from 32 schools), Telford and Wrekin, Brighton & Hove and Stockport. It has been a great success, with some 5,000 pupils across the country achieving their Schools Half Marathon in 2019. Many more locations are confirmed for the school year 2019/20.
Foundation Partners / Sponsors
Schools Half Marathon is proud to have 12 Foundation Partners formed of well-known names and leaders in the sports industry. Together, the Foundation Partners will form an Advisory Committee (AC) which will work as ONE to continue to drive Schools Half Marathon and the Movement forwards with founders Rebecca Richardson and Joe Williams.
Foundation Partners include:
- One Water: One Water is still mountain water packaged in a fully recyclable carton made with sustainable paperboard from FSC-approved forests. It is a great alternative to a plastic bottle, enabling Schools Half Marathon to reduce the impact of their events on the environment. It is also a valuable step towards improving lives on the other side of the world, with every carton of One Water funding life-changing water projects in the world’s poorest communities. Every runner receives a carton of One Water when they cross the finish line of Schools Half Marathon.
- Up & Running: Specialist running retailer Up & Running will be donating 25p from the sale of each of their new ‘Bag for Young Lives’ to Schools Half Marathon. The non-woven bags are strong and lightweight, and 100% reusable and recyclable. Up & Running will also support the funding of filming and promotion for Schools Half Marathon.
Schools Half Marathon – Info & Registration
Any school wishing to take part in the Schools Half Marathon can find out more and fill in an Entry Form on the event website: www.schoolshalfmarathon.co.uk/event-directory, or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost per pupil is £12, which represents effective spending of the Sports & PE Premium.
Go to www.schoolshalfmarathon.co.uk to register and for further details. You can also like UK Run Events on Facebook, and follow @ukrunevents on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news #SchoolsHalfMarathon.